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Board of Education, District 4
The D.C. Board of Education consists of 11 members who serve four-year terms. The board was stripped of most of its powers in 1996, when oversight of the city's public schools was put in the hands of trustees. The panel functions as an advisory group, but is slated to regain its full powers in June 2000.

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Rule Board of Education, District 4

Incumbents' names are marked with asterisks. Web site and email addresses appear in the form in which they were submitted by the candidates.

THE CANDIDATES

Sandra Butler-Truesdale*
Nonpartisan
Age: 58
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Divorced.
Children: One.
Education: BA, religious education.
  Sandra Butler-Truesdale*

Occupation/Employer: Retired from Bell Atlantic.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Interim president, Board of Education; second-term vice president, chair of Commission on the Integration of Vocational and Academic Education, experience in policy development and oversight; president, Ward 4 Democrats; co-chair of D.C. Democrats Ward Presidents; Association to the Pastor, Rock Creek Baptist Church.

Why should voters elect you?
"My experience in policy development and oversight makes me a viable candidate, as well as my ability to unite all involved in the delivery of education around the common goal of education. I continue to support students, parents, principals, teachers and staff in their pursuit and delivery of education. My continued involvement and support of the integration of academic and vocational education indicates my support for school to work and high education. I am one of the Board members spearheading the movement to regain the powers of the Board of Education and other city elected officials."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I have continued to remain focused on the education of students of the D.C. public schools in spite of the constraints imposed by the control board.

Web site: sbtlrtrsdl@erols.com
Email: www.sbtlrtrsdl.com


Tommy Duren
Nonpartisan
Age: 31
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: Woodrow Wilson Senior H.S.; coursework at University of District of Columbia toward BA in political science in spring, 1999.
  Tommy Duren

Occupation/Employer: Chief operating officer, Exklusive Inc.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Volunteer for Special Olympics, the Wee Boys Mentoring Program; guest speaker, MacFarland Middle School; president, Phoenix Organization; keynote speaker with Attorney General Janet Reno at Raymond Elementary School; organized boycott of the Eddie Bauer Corp., resulting in a multimillion dollar suit; commissioner, Board for Visual Arts Schools.

Why should voters elect you?
"My goal is to have a comprehensive technology program by the year 2000. I believe that my vision will resonate not only throughout my ward but also throughout the city. I have a commitment to children's issues that extends over 20 years, 10 of which were spent as a writer, producer and puppeteer on numerous children's television and theater programs. I believe that my creative drive is something that is lacking today under the current leadership. I have mobilized student movements as in 1989 for the civil rights bill, and I have organized boycotts like the 1995 Boycott of the Eddie Bauer Corp."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am a fourth-generation Washingtonian, and I attend the Joshua Group Ministries as well as Trinity AME Zion Church in Northwest D.C."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


John Howard
Nonpartisan
Age: 54
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: One.
Education: Theodore Roosevelt High School, 1961; BA, Tufts University; MA, education, MS Library Science, Catholic University; JD, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University
  John Howard

Occupation/Employer: Lawyer in solo practice; areas of practice: criminal defense, mental health and mental retardation law, guardianships and probate law.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: "We Celebrate Your Service!" Certificate for D.C. Public Schools; Eugene Clark Elementary School Voluntary Service Award; Healthy Aging Award for Age Category, sponsored by the Education Television Network and the U.S. Postal Service; Prevent Child Abuse of Metropolitan Washington Certificate for five years of service.

Why should voters elect you?
"Traditionally, school board candidates make promises without considering their implementation. Such promises have been made in Ward 4, while its schools have become dysfunctional. Families flee when it is time to send their children to school. I will work to reverse this trend and strive to retain the families still here, while working to encourage others to move into our community because of the quality of our schools, as did my parents in 1950. I will use my skills as a trial lawyer to identify issues impacting on the downhill slide of our schools and develop strategies to effectuate solutions."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"After college, I joined the National Teacher Corps, teaching the sixth grade at Watkins and Ketchum Schools in Southeast, while earning my masters in education."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Dwight E. Singleton
Nonpartisan
Age: 36
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Yes.
Children: One.
Education: BS, Virginia Union University; MBA, Southeastern University.
  Dwight E. Singleton

Occupation/Employer: U.S. Postal Service.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: President, Truesdell Elementary School PTA; member, Truesdell Elementary School Restructuring Team; member, Rudolph Elementary School PTA; sponsor, "Reach for Excellence," mentoring program for youth at Rudolph Elementary School; volunteer, National Safe Kids Coalitions, D.C. Chapter; board member, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, D.C. Chapter.

Why should voters elect you?
"The challenges that confront our public school system today necessitate a new commitment from parents, teachers, administrators and elected officials. As a member of the D.C. Board of Education, Ward 4, I will be responsive to constituent concerns by initiating policy, which addresses teacher/principal performance, the Stanford 9 Rating, and which brings proven results in heightening the overall competitive level of the D.C. Public Schools. As part of this commitment, I will be accountable to the Ward 4 community for delivery resources and implementing quality educational programs designed to equip our children with the skills necessary to compete in the 21st Century."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"As a husband, father and community leader, I am actively involved in Ward 4 schools and have demonstrated my commitment to making our schools work for children.

Web site: None.
Email: None.




The Voters' Guide was compiled from staff reporting and information provided by the candidates in response to questionnaires from The Washington Post. Each candidate was asked to provide biographical information, a photograph and a brief statement about why the voters should elect him or her. Candidates' responses were edited for length and style.

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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